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Lincoln's Sparrow

Melospiza lincolnii

Lincoln's Sparrow
copyright Brian Small
Length: 6 in. (15 cm)
A skulking and often difficult to see species, the Lincoln's Sparrow winters commonly in low shrubby areas often along riparian areas and near water. Here it feeds almost exclusively on seeds. In the summer it nests in coniferous forest bogs and wet meadows. The nest is a shallow depression in a moist grassy or mossy tussock and lined with grass and hair. The nestlings are fed insects. The four-digit banding code is LISP.

Fir forest
Fir forest

Riparian / River forest
Riparian / River forest

Shrubs
Shrubs

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